'Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly': Icy conditions prompt special weather statement

'Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly': Icy conditions prompt special weather statement

The rain could intensify tonight into Friday, the national weather agency said, adding that rainfall totals between 10 and 20 millimetres are likely. "Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops", Environment Canada said on its site.

"Rain and patches of dense fog will continue to affect the area early this morning. There may also be brief freezing rain during the changeover".

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Visibility may occasionally be reduced to near zero, Environment Canada said.

Periods of rain will change over to snow with the passage of a very strong cold front tonight.

- For central Newfoundland: periods of rain will begin Friday night or Saturday morning, but may change to freezing rain Saturday night.

Many areas have a substantial amount of snow on the ground, and that combined with heavy rain rapidly melts the snow pack and enhances the risk for localized flooding before the system clears out Sunday.

Spring-like temperatures in Newfoundland Friday, while temperatures take rapid plunge across Labrador.

Tonight: Low of -12 C. Periods of snow ending in the evening, then cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of flurries. The front will reach the eastern shore of Lake Superior early this evening and track eastward through the night reaching the North Bay area a few hours before dawn.

Saturday: Clearing skies in the morning.

Monday: Chance of snow.

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